Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on August 7th, 2003, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Here’s a wonderfully understated photo-essay presented by Christopher Hawthorne of Slate regarding the emergence of modesty and restraint in modern architecture: The Om Factor.

A couple of months ago, the New York Times Magazine devoted an issue (“Tomorrowland”) to celebrating the Wow Factor. There was praise for “bold, emphatically forward-looking” and “dazzling” buildings, for architecture that “takes your breath away” and produces “swoopy euphoria.” But it was Gehry himself who told one of the Tomorrowland essayists that they were “too late.” The trend toward architectural excess, he suggested, is now “dead in the water.”

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